In other news, I finished In Cold Blood today, and holy crap. That was way longer than it needed to be. I liked it though.
Truman Capote is a very gifted writer, but a few things really stood out. I love his attention to detail, and the small things like Nancy's teddy bear, where it came from, and how it factored into her life and death. The imagery, especially concerning setting, was absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed that he included full blocks of quotes and written statements, because it made it feel authentic and trustworthy even though I know he embellished some things. I like how the whole book felt like a big news story. The success of a good man, the horror of his death, the outrage, into long drawn out preceedings that people forget about and wish would just end.
I think some of these things, especially the latter, were happy accidents. I don't think Truman arranged the book to be that way specifically. I could feel how frustrated Truman was by the end of it. It got into his words, and I felt it too (mostly because I wanted to get the book done and onto my assignment).
To be fair though, there were some things I didn't like. I really didn't enjoy the little off-shoot stories about the killers they were cooped up with on Death Row. I'm a murder-mystery purist, and I follow Edgar Allan Poe's guideline that you should not detract from your main story line and/or characters. It just ...cheapened what happened to the Clutters. I felt that was the moment when I realized Truman Capote didn't care about the people in the town, and that he was just a journalist with a gift for writing. Only a journalist, someone used to hunting out new, important, and interesting things would've put that into his nonfiction novel.
At least, that's what I feel. And you, 1great_escape?
Anyway, onward to the next book! Book club movin' fast, baby! This one is considerably shorter (only 152 pages), and thank God. Hiroshima, by John Hershey.
Have you read Hiroshima by John Hershey?
No, it's not my cup of tea. (HEE.)
I'm actually reading it right now.
No, but I should.
Holy crap! I didn't know you all liked tea! How do you take yours?
Sugar (white, granulated)
It kind of depends on the tea...
I'm a purist, I take my tea straight.
I don't drink tea, you dunce!
Sorry! Gotta run! Paper to write!
In Cold Ticky
Of Mice and Ticky
Um... The Babysitter's Ticky?